The moon is in CAPRICORN now/today and … its ruled by Saturn; and amongst its many archetypes, one of those is work…nose to the grindstone kind of work. I worked on something for my daughter most of the day today which was very task oriented. I think it fits with Capricorn & the goat… tenacity. Detail oriented nose to the grindstone work…that’s what today was. I kept searching for things online for her and almost couldn’t stop. I was on a mission. That sure enough sounds like Capricorn energy! This work I did had (very much) to do with society or the rules (Saturn) of society–definitely that was the theme! Kewl-! I get it. That’s how it played out for me today anyhow.
Aside from that, I was thinking about … well, different traditions. My job here (on Earth), amongst many, (or the way I see my job description to be anyway) is to point out the common thread that runs through all religions and all philosophy. Not that I need convince or convert (no way!), but to just bring that forth as part of what I generally do here–more like holding that vibration. Know what I mean by that? Our vibration can affect consciousness generally, that’s what I mean.
Anyway, I know that Hindu characters can be strange looking. You know, 4 or more arms and that kind of thing…but I’ve grown to have a real affinity for them. I can hold them right up to any other Deity and really not see the difference. And those 4 arms have a unique meaning as well as every other part of the Deity’s anatomy and dress, etc.
Take Ganesh for example–the Hindu god known to help with removing obstacles in one’s life. There’s a whole story about him which I won’t go into; but, I can see how patriarchy took symbols associated with this ancient religion (and others) and flipped them or distorted them into meaning something else.
A wonderful example of all the distortions from patriarchal religion via symbols is exhibited in the first few moments of the movie, The DaVinci Code. (A very interesting flick!)
But, you know, I really do get it. If all you’ve been exposed to is baby jesus, et al; then I grant you that a Hindu god or goddess with 4 arms can freak you out a little bit and toss in something that looks like a pitchfork and the patriarchy’s intention has been fulfilled! But without personal investigation (that goes beyond a western patriarchal upbringing), one is left in that little box so-to-speak. Actually, these Hindu Deities aren’t intimidating at all. They only represent aspects of our own consciousness after all.
I have a hard time with outright rejection without personal investigation– I’m working on acceptance on that level, always. But I understand it–if your sense of security is all wrapped up in your belief, anything different can challenge that; thus, the fear and outright rejection. Such is life on planet earth.
Of course in the Buddhism the philosophy, it is more involved with the idea that we save ourselves by understanding the nature of reality and establishing true awareness—Buddha was not a savior. But in common with other philosophies and religion, there is kindness and love (or should be, eh?) and I try to focus on that instead. And then, like I said–hold the vibration of the recognition of the common tread that runs through them all.
I just finished my daily Hindu mantras before I wrote this blog entry, but then I also do Buddhist Mantras too and a (catholic) rosary as well…. so that’s just how I do it. Eclectic. Is that how you spell that? I was brought up catholic and some things just stick with us…. the beautiful ritualistic parts. After all, saying 50 Hail Mary’s and the all the rest–is just as much a chant as any of the others.
After that, I’ve got Carl Sagan’s COSMOS series coming in…. and life rolls on. Or rocks on, or both.